The increasing access to information on the internet has created more problems than solutions in the field of personal privacy. The easy access to the vast amount of information notably in social media sites has allowed people to connect with each other more easily but has caused great harms to some as well.
The uploading of information online is a popular method to spread urgent messages within different communities. With rapidly increasing amounts of usage on social media websites, there are a lot of personal information that is put up for the public to see. These websites allow one to identify that person and generally know who he or she is easily online. However, there are also integrated functions such as sharing of real-time location which lets users display their actual location on their friends news feeds. This in turn can lead to great danger as strangers may choose to locate and follow this particular person. Therefore there is an increase in chances of the user being stalked or kidnapped. Therefore sometimes security measures are not enough to prevent these acts from happening.
An article on a recent study in blog.kissmetrics.com in the mid-2011s shows that Facebook, a social-networking site has an average of 500 millions active users and there are more than 30 billion pieces of content shared each month. The sharing of information allows friends and relatives to stay in touch with each other. Nevertheless, there still will be lurking hackers who are ready to scam and cheat unprepared users and retrieve their personal information due to easy accessibility of information on the internet.
Hence, this goes to show that easy access to information on the internet is more of a bane than a boon. Even though the availability of information online is useful for other kinds of purposes, there is always the possibility of stolen information which might lead to loss of privacy and monetary value owing to hackers on social media platforms.
In conclusion, the spreading of information through hard-copy methods or personal communication would be a safer option than sharing it online.
- Gladys, Hung Kye and Ryan